This show has been commercially released as Download Series Volume 11
Touch Of Gray, Greatest Story Ever Told, Peggy-O, Mexicali Blues-> Maggie's Farm, Bird Song Throwing Stones, Iko Iko, All Along The Watchtower, Standing On the Moon, He's Gone-> Drums-> Space-> The Wheel-> I Need A Miracle-> Walkin' Blues-> Throwing Stones-> Not Fade Away, E: Brokedown Palace
SBD > DAT > Cass > DAT > CD > EAC, with Audience patch: Unknown DAUD > CD > EAC; All editing done with EAC, CDWave and SoundForge 4.5, by Ivan Kotch; to etree via Adam Jerugim; see info file for notes
June 10, 2019 Subject:
Nice Jerry show!
A well played show, Jerry in particular. His songs choices are great; Touch, Peggy-O, Bird Song, Iko, SOTM, He's Gone, The Wheel, NFA and Brokedown. A rare treat of a show. .........and btw, I wouldn't pay attention to blu52's assertion, he admitted to being dosed.
October 22, 2018 Subject:
I sang a little while and then flew on.
October 4, 2018 Subject:
Throwing a split
After skipping from the May shows to the end of this tour, everyone was talking about the weird setlists in the previous weeks (mainly this and the 17th). You just never knew what you'd get at the Dead traveling circus, and always kicked yourself when you missed a tour best - historical event or playing-wise - by a couple days (though at this remove odd setlists don't necessarily make these shows preferable to the better-played of the tour like Buckeye, and maybe Kansas, Chicago, Denver). Though the 17th was the real surprise setlist, this show is mainly known for the unexpected splitting of Throwing Stones - which works pretty cool. Regardless of audio captured, this would surely have been a great show in person. Though it's better than the previous night overall, the official release would have been stronger using more from that show, and less from this 1st set. It's interesting how people can read Jer's mind and exact health from 100 feet away; think that Jer was mixing front of house from the stage; think Jer was forced to have two keyboardists against his will.
First Set. The set is a couple songs (by tradition) short, and doesn't really lift off. Touch needs some ironing and Healy really mixes weirdly on Greatest Story. The playing isn't bad per se, but the mix is very important to a band of equally important improvisers. The long solo break for Peggy-O is nice, though it's otherwise kinda flat. The intro to Mexicali - ouch. But it does tighten (a little), and then the first sparks are thrown in Maggie's Farm. Again the mix captured on the tapes is goofy, but the playing is there. X factor then arrives from nowhere for Bird Song. Phil is totally inspired and there be magic afore the break. Phil lovers will stick an asterisk on this one. It's not my fave arrangement, but the Dead continually evolved and as far as the '91s go this is aces, driven by keys and bass. Maybe the band asked Healy to pull Vince up in the mix to give him some clear measures; or maybe Vince wanted a playback tape; or maybe Healy just did it on his own (if yr listening to the official, know that the front of house mix was the same).
Second Set. An over 2hr 2nd makes up for the short 1st. Throwing Stones is strangely low key for what was a punchy song, but played very well (still mixed goofy, with partial drum kits and lots of accordion and Vince keys). Right before shipping powders, the tour's most famous segue happens as a key-drop to Iko. Wonderful Deaddom: spry and cheerful. Jer then plays MIDI, though it's mixed too low, favoring Bruce's accordion, so you gotta have that love first. While it's a fine enough Watchtower, Standing sputters and drags, though doffed verses are balanced by the fretwork at the end. The Space into Wheel is solid, with the latter's jam teasing TOO before segueing organically into a letter-perfect Miracle. Garcia sticks with it, and even better, Healy lets us hear him. You can suss how happy they are to be playing hot, and that energy informs the rest of the show. Wharf Rat is uptempo, though without much actual playing, then trannies into the reprise of the split Throwing Stones. Bobby sets it up by repeating the game-is-lost verse and the smoothness continues into Not Fade, and even the unexpectedly solid Brokedown
1st Set: C 2nd Set: B
Overall = 3¼ stars
Bird Song - great from all but check Phil (use a stereo that reproduces the low end)
Throwing Stones - the crazy Throwing split with the headpin hit squarely
I Need a Miracle - letter perfect, though the set as a whole is a must-hear-at-least-once
SOURCES: The aj_2787 is the Healy array-matrix (best available SBD). The AUD mic and hall sound makes it energetic, but there's little separation and a poor mix. The ladner_2187 is a high-qual AUD, though it runs slightly too fast on the 1st set and faster on the 2nd. The show was released as part of Download 11 (with the uncirculated, true SBD from the vault).
October 13, 2007 Subject:
Please let me know how many OTHER times they split this one.
I literally got up from my camping pad when they finished it after drums.
But for the unpredictable use of Throwing Stones, this was an average night.
September 27, 2007 Subject:
What a night
I remember this one like it was yesterday. What a crazy second set. The Throwin'>Iko rocks and really is a cool transition. The watchtower is amazing. The double Jerry ballads before drums is awesome and unusual. Sound quality is great, Phil is bombing the place during the whole show, Jer' is ON, it's too cool...Anyone remember the head that climbed into the catwalk/rafters of the pavilion during the show and just sat and soaked it all up before security brought him down?
2007-09-27 revision: I couldn't agree more with mmags and less with Blue52 and Reece. My apologies, but I saw many shows (might I add the entire summer '91 tour), alot of which Jerry was not clicking for one reason or another, but this definetley wasn't one of them. If Jerry wasn't into this show he would have never done two tunes back to back into space, case closed in my opinion. As well, I am getting pretty freakin' tired of people regularly attributing anything Jerry did that they didn't like to his drug use....Did you know him personally?? how do know he just wasn't having a crappy day?? Ugh! I knew there was a reason why I stoppped writing reviews on this portion of the archive.
July 23, 2006 Subject:
Not sure what to make of this one
It's hard to really develop an appreciation for this one via streaming. Probably requires repeated listening (not always the mark of an inferior show), so best to grab it from the server.
March 2, 2006 Subject:
I agree with Blue52. Jerry just sat these shows out and the Dead became a lot more erratic after this tour in my mind (not sure if Blue52 was making that point). There were a lot more great shows, but they were a hell of a lot more consistent prior to this tour than afterwards. I remember the night before him just singing Fire essentially as a back up singer. Same with this night. I had heard explanations that Jerry was simply felt crowded out by by a sound that got muddled with two keyboardists but I believe there was more to it. A healthier Garcia wouldn't have been pushed around by an extra keyboardist - didn't seem like it was a problem back in the Ned years. Anyway, I wish this show was better because it's an great setlist and Phil sounds great. But Jerry is just absent except for a few occasions where he makes a real hesitant appearances before retreating again. There were a lot more good shows to come but, to me, this was the beginning of the end.
December 16, 2005 Subject:
this sounds like it's inside of a tin can
December 9, 2005 Subject:
Not quite sure what Blue52 is talking about.......Jerry was pretty dialed in to say the least. You sure you went to the same show I did?
May 2, 2005 Subject:
rumour was true
one look at jerry from the 10th row comfirmed what i hope wasn't true;he's back on the junk heavy and he has got 2 fuckin' piano players who don't know what the fuck is going on!sorry, but it was my first show since summer of 90'and,although the vibe was cool and i was dosed plus it didn't stop me from seein' a bunch more shows durin' the 90s,it broke my heart to see him get so uninterested and annoyed.
March 9, 2005 Subject:
Another Gem From Summer 1991
This show seems to get lost in the shuffle a wee bit in the litter of 5 star shows from that summer; the VFTV release (6/14), 2d night at Giants (6/17) the monster Soldier Field (6/22) and the close out at Mile High, but this show is every bit as hot hot hot.
I've had the 2d set on cassette for many years, the appearance *finally* of this show in SBD (though the AUD on some level gives a better feel for the crowd reaction to the loco front end of the 2d set), is welcome. Honestly, my familiarity with the first set is limited, so this review is basically 2d set only, but what a set. The T Stones opener was just another in a long list of creative openers/experiments from that summer and the drop on a dime shift to Iko is outstanding. Watchtower is fierce and Jerry's reading of SOTM is top shelf. I found the He's gone not so much to my liking, but after stretching out a great rythym devils and space, the back end is every bit as fulfilling. The Wharf Rat shines and then just seguing *perfectly* back into T stones right where they left off, really brings the show full circle. Great show from a great tour.
Was at this one. Someone dosed me in the woods between the parking lots; two tabs of blotter that sent me out there for the first set; took some time to keep it together, but a beautiful Bird Song with the jet streams in the air above on a beautiful Michigan summer night. Second set was so unpredictible. Throwin Stones, and Watchtower before drums, not to mention Hornsby smoking on the accordian during Iko. Beautiful SOTM>Hes' Gone. I'm deaf in my left ear, but Mickeys beam penetrated and I heard perfectly in stereo for a few moments during drums. Truly magical.
August 30, 2004 Subject:
Killer Set 2
One of the most unique second sets in ages. The transition from TS > IKO will leave you with goosebumps. Killer double shot of Jerry ballads taboot.